No Win Race

Derek A. Bardowell

'Personal, political, powerful and about so much more than race and sport.' Bernadine Evaristo In the eighties, black footballers emerged from the dressing room to find bananas being hurled from the stands. But the abuse didn't stop at the full-time whistle - racial harassment in sport mirrored the experience of... read more

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'Personal, political, powerful and about so much more than race and sport.' Bernadine Evaristo In the eighties, black footballers emerged from the dressing room to find bananas being hurled from the stands. But the abuse didn't stop at the full-time whistle - racial harassment in sport mirrored the experience of many in society. As a kid from the East End, Derek Bardowell found solace in the success of black athletes.It is what bonded three generations of his family. Yet even now, success on the field seldom converts to power or justice away from it. No Win Race is Bardowell's deeply personal exploration into the complexities and biases implicit in being black in Britain, told through the prism of sport.

Covering the period between the Brixton 'riots' and Brexit, this visceral, powerful book is for those who want an honest insight into UK race relations, and for anyone who understands that sport is more than just a game. 'This searching exploration uses sports to examine questions of race and identity ... Bardowell does an excellent and passionate job of refracting the issues within sport - the dearth of black football managers, the lack of activism from black athletes who have made it into the spotlight - into wider society.' Financial Times 'A painful reflection of racism in British sport ...

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